[ wench ]
/ wɛntʃ /


a country lass or working girl: The milkmaid was a healthy wench.
Usually Facetious. a girl or young woman.
Archaic. a strumpet.

verb (used without object)

to associate, especially habitually, with promiscuous women.

Origin of wench

1250–1300; Middle English, back formation from wenchel, Old English wencel child, akin to wancol tottering, said of a child learning to walk; akin to German wankeln to totter
Related formswench·er, noun
Can be confusedwench winch
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Examples from the Web for wenching

  • Heads of colleges, reverend clerics, and holders of Fellowships must all answer to the charge of wenching.

    Rowlandson's Oxford|A. Hamilton Gibbs
  • Mdrie Gautruche was one of the wenching, idling, vagabond workmen who make their whole life a Monday.

    Germinie Lacerteux|Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
  • Why, is any business more public than drinking and wenching?

  • Their other chief hobby was, in the language of the time, wenching.

    Rowlandson's Oxford|A. Hamilton Gibbs

British Dictionary definitions for wenching


/ (wɛntʃ) /


a girl or young woman, esp a buxom or lively one: now used facetiously
archaic a female servant
archaic a prostitute

verb (intr)

archaic to frequent the company of prostitutes
Derived Formswencher, noun

Word Origin for wench

Old English wencel child, from wancol weak; related to Old High German wanchal, wankōn
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